Code Lyoko Jacks Into Nintendo DS

The Game Factory has signed a worldwide licensing deal to develop and publish a Nintendo DS video game based on Code Lyoko, an action cartoon series from European TV animation distributor MoonScoop. The title will feature elements of both the RPG and adventure genres, and is scheduled to hit retail by fall of 2006.

The deal was signed through Kidz Ent., which is the Code Lyoko licensing agent for Scandinavia. Kidz will work with MoonScoop, Game Factory and U.S. licensing agent FUNimation to manage development of the game and provide marketing support. Kidz is in discussions with a number of other potential licensees in the Scandinavian region.

The popular, 3D-animated series follows the adventures of a group of students who uncover a parallel universe inside a super-computer, which is threatened by a virus that could destroy the universe. Four ordinary students, Jeremy, Odd, Ulrich and Yumi, must help a virtual humanoid creature named Aelita stop rogue computer XANA’s latest attack on their real world.

Code Lyoko has been one of the top-rated shows on Cartoon Network and has found similar success on France 3 and Canal J. It has been picked up by Cartoon Network’s Toonami in the U.K., Cartoon Network Spain, Jetix Latin America, TVN in Chile, Canada’s YTV, Radio Canada, Disney Channel Italy, NRK in Norway, Morocco’s 2M, Noga in Israel and CFI in Africa. A number of deals have also been signed with distributors across India and the Middle East.